Quick Notes And Thoughts On The Baltimore Ravens Losing To The Denver Broncos, 49-27


Sep 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Members of the Baltimore Ravens enter the field before the start of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

  • Severe lightning in the Denver area caused a delay to the game. You might want to blame the presence of Ryan Seacrest for that one. The game ended up beginning at 9:12 p.m. EST.
  • Rookie Marlon Brown, not Jacoby Jones, started the game at wide receiver opposite of Torrey Smith.
  • Vonta Leach records the first touchdown of the season for the Ravens. It almost felt right considering the whole situation between him and the Ravens in the off-season.
  • Daryl Smith, who has been impressive all preseason for the Ravens, almost had an interception off of Peyton Manning early in the second quarter. For a 31 year old, who struggled with injuries all last season, he has looked good in pass coverage.
  • Chris Harris intercepts Joe Flacco early in the second quarter. It wasn’t necessarily a bad throw from Flacco, it was more so a really good jump from Harris.
  • Despite the slow start from the Ravens special teams, they did end up recovering a muffed punt return by Wes Welker. On that same drive, Ray Rice rushed for a touchdown.
  • Terrell Suggs, of course, gets the first of many sacks for the Ravens.
  • The second half opens up and Elvis Dumervil gets his first sack as a Raven. Let’s not forget he was playing against his former team tonight.
  • Everyone, not named Ladarius Webb, has struggled in the secondary tonight for the Ravens. Both Jimmy Smith and Michael Huff were beaten multiple times tonight.
  • Joe Flacco has been his usual self tonight, forcing the deep throw on almost every pass he has thrown.
  • Joe Flacco throws his second interception of the night, this time to Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan. Trevathan actually almost had a pick six on the interception, but ended up dropping the ball right before he stepped into the end zone.
  • Peyton Manning finishes the game with seven touchdowns. The Ravens secondary cannot repeat this type of performance if they want to repeat as champions.